The summer heat has officially reached Colorado. It's that time of year when it's just too darn hot to bake or make hot comfort food. I don't even want to think about turning on the oven!
But we don't always have time to make this yummy ice cream.
So what do we do instead? We make popsicles!
After a day of sitting outside in the heat watching the boys play baseball games, there is nothing else I look forward to more than chomping on a popsicle. I love fruity popsicles, creamy popsicles, and especially the fudgy ones…
And my kids really love them too!
However, if the popsicles you and your family are eating are a store-bought variety, chances are they contain added sugar (often in the form of high fructose corn syrup) and a host of other preservatives and ingredients you probably didn't realize were in a fruity popsicle!
Take this example. It's one of the better options out there, and it still has more than 4-5 ingredients. I'm so happy to see that it doesn't contain high fructose corn syrup as the sweetener 🙂
Make your own!
If you make your own popsicles (it's really easy and fast to do), you get to control how many and exactly which ingredients go into them. In fact, depending on how ripe your fruit is, many fruity popsicles often don't need added sweetener! But rest assured that if you do want them a little sweeter, you can always add some honey or cane sugar.
You can buy popsicle molds at many stores and online. They aren't expensive. I used to use homemade molds (Dixie cups with popsicle sticks). While they were nice and cheap, I found them to be more labor-intensive and annoying.
Then I found these popsicle molds at Target and tried them. It was love on the first try! These molds have a fill line (so that I don't fill too high and they spill over as they expand when freezing)! They also have a built-in drip catcher with the popsicle stick attached so that I don't have to remember to insert popsicle sticks just before the popsicles freeze.
Our family eats so many popsicles during the summer that I couldn't keep up with the demand when I only had one set of 6 molds, so then I found a similar set to this one by Zoku to add to my collection. When I needed to expand again, I found this set by Koji. The Koji set has become my favorite because I love the shape of the popsicles, and the stand for the molds to sit in takes the least amount of space in my freezer while being one of the sturdiest. It's awesome!
Every year we play around with different flavors of popsicles to changes things up. Here are three of our current flavors:
Peach Yogurt Popsicles
These are a little more on the tart side, as popsicles go.
That's intentional! If you want them to be sweeter, simply add another tablespoon or two of honey. You can taste them before you pour into the molds to see if it's sweet enough.
With only three ingredients, these popsicles are creamy, fruity and healthy!
Strawberry Delight Popsicles
If you love strawberries, these are for you! They are a great way to use some of this season's fresh strawberries before they go bad. Honestly, though, I prefer to use frozen berries when I make popsicles because they are already frozen so the popsicles start off cold before freezing.
These strawberry popsicles are full of strawberry flavor and plenty sweet (you might not even need honey at all). They don't last one night in my house.
I have to admit that these are my favorites. I love chocolate, and these fudgy popsicles are so chocolaty, sweet and creamy. If you are like me and taste test things before deciding whether they are done, be warned
that these will taste too sweet until they freeze. Once they freeze, however, they are perfect. My gramma always told me that when using sugar you want it to taste slightly too sweet before cooking and baking. These popsicles are a perfect example for that advice.
They are slightly more labor intensive because you have to heat the ingredients on the stove, but they are totally worth the extra 5 min of work! My kids are lucky to get any of these before I eat them all.
Need another way to cool down in the heat?
Try our recipe for homemade strawberry ice cream! It's healthier and tastes better than anything you will buy in the store!
Comment below…what other flavors of popsicles would you like recipes for?
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